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Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some ideas for this formula, including glitter glasses.

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

It’s always hard to pick my favorite of the Mod Podge formulas, and it definitely depends on the day. However, I will say that Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is definitely always a front runner, and for good reason. What other decoupage formula can you WASH?!

There isn’t one.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal – and then you’ll be able to wash the item. And when I say “put in the dishwasher,” I mean on the top rack after it cures.

This water based formula is indoor/outdoor durable (though I typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects).

Does it really work? Absolutely!

I’ve tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.

If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:

  1. Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
  3. Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Cure your project for 28 days.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Now that you’ve gotten the skinny on how to use it, here are some common questions I get about the formula. I’ve provided the answers to the best of my ability!

Questions About Dishwasher Safe Gloss

1. Isn’t all Mod Podge dishwasher safe? Why do I need a special formula?

This is a common misconception. All Mod Podges are not dishwasher safe. For example, Outdoor formula is highly water-resistant but not waterproof. If you want to be able to wash a decoupaged item in the dishwasher, you need this formula!

2. Is Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge also microwave safe?

Negative. You shouldn’t microwave anything you make with this formula.

3. What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy – so shiny. You can see what a Mod Podge glossy finish looks like here.

4. What sizes does the formula come in?

It comes in 8 ounce and 16 ounce. You can find out where to buy this formula (amongst others) here.

5. What is the cure time – when can I wash my project?

You need to wait 28 days. Not 10 or 17 or 26 – 28! Please wait the full time frame for the best results.

6. Do I really have to wait 28 days for it to cure?


7. I waited the cure time and my project messed up!

You may not have put on enough layers of Mod Podge, or they may not have been thick enough. Or if you didn’t clean your surface before beginning, regular oils from hands and other things can cause the formula not to adhere appropriately.

8. Why can’t the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge touch my food or lips?

While it is waterbase and non-toxic (so it won’t hurt you), it’s not FDA approved food-safe. it would be very unusual for a glue to be approved for use with food! So please keep it away from anything edible.

9. How do I prepare my surface to apply this formula?

Clean with warm soapy water if the item is small – or use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, especially if the item is larger.

10. Can I still use the formula on wood?

Yes you can. Having said that, you aren’t going to want to wash a piece of wood in the dishwasher. If this is the only formula you have, you can still use it like regular Mod Podge.

11. Where can I purchase it?

This formula is available on, Michaels, or online at

Are you ready for some project ideas using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Check out the links below!

Ready to try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Here are some awesome projects you can start with!

Let me know your favorite projects or any questions you might have in the comments!

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Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Question(s): Does this only work with paper or fabric on a glass (or ceramic etc) surface to make it waterproof enough to be able to wash it? I ask because I want to decorate different glassware (wine glasses, vases, etc.) with seed beads or other very small non flat materials that can at least be washed by hand without harming my artwork. Can I do this with the dishwasher safe Modge Podge? Or is there another Modge Podge product offered that will have the results I’m looking for & needing so as to not damage what I’ve created?

*(I’m really hoping I get an answer to this as it doesn’t look like the comments below have been answered as of yet & it has been many months since they posted)


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Hi Kristine - I've answered all the questions and I can see my responses so I'm not sure why are you aren't seeing them . . . but to answer your question, it will seal lots of things to a surface but not three dimensional objects. There isn't a Mod Podge available that will do what you're looking to do, and unfortunately I'm not sure what product would work for this purpose.


Monday 15th of March 2021

Can you use dishwasher modge podge in a canvas bag they may be washed occasionally, in the washing machine of course?


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hi Sarah! Fabric Mod Podge is made for this purpose. I've never tried washing Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe in the washing machine. If you already own a bottle of it, you could glue two scrap pieces of fabric together, let them dry, and wash to see if it would work. That's what I would do! Otherwise, I'd purchase Fabric Mod Podge.


Monday 22nd of February 2021

Amy, I appreciate all of your articles and crafts with Mod Podge. Will the Dishwasher Safe formula work for repairing a broken china platter? I was going to use Gorilla Glue but don't think it's food safe. The broken piece is towards the edge where food doesn't need to be placed. And this platter isn't used much at all so we don't have to be concerned about it being exposed to water regularly. Any help with this repair project is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Denise


Monday 22nd of February 2021

Hi Denise! Mod Podge doesn't hold ceramic. I do recommend Gorilla Glue or another ceramic glue for this purpose. It should still be fine if food isn't near it!

Wendy Bowen

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Quick question...step 3 in the process says to apply to the surface and the back of the design element. If I am using a napkin, that would not really be possible. Can I put it on a glass, for example, then the napkin and then more mod podge?


Monday 15th of February 2021

Hi Wendy! Yes, you're fine. For more fragile/thin items like napkins, you'll get enough Mod Podge on there doing it the way you're talking about. This is just to make sure if people use scrapbook paper or Fabric that it gets sealed really well so water doesn't get in.

Christine A

Sunday 14th of February 2021

I'm thrilled to see this! I'm hoping to use the dishwasher-safe podgie for a project with my seniors but want to be 100% sure... this product *is* safe for ceramic cups used for hot beverages?


Sunday 14th of February 2021

Yes it is! Stay 3/4" below the lid, clean the mugs thoroughly, and observe the 28 day curing time! Enjoy!!